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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by ramossjr, Jul 18, 2004.

  1. ramossjr

    ramossjr LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Messages: 19

    I'm going to start my lawn care or at least advertise this week because I'm ready to become my own boss. The only problem that I have is that I don't have a commercial mower, all I have is a Lowe's riding mower that's very slow. The specs say that it's (the mower) is anti-scalping but that's not true! You can't cut in reverse because if the blades are down the mower will cut off. Could anyone tell if they would start this way or just wait until I'm able to get a commercial mower. I don't want to start out on the wrong foot by destroying customer's lawns, this would be bad for business.:confused:

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    If you can't afford a walk-behind, at least go to a commercial dealer and have them help you pick out a quality 21" to get started (unless you are mowing huge lawns).

    You can also get financing at most if not all dealers for commercial mowers, this is also a nice way to get started.

    If your mower is really as bad as you say it is I would try to get something a little more lawnworthy.
  3. meathead1134

    meathead1134 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    Do like I'm doing start small gather some weekly customers and expand slowly so you don't drive yourself into debt. I could have spent 20,000 on equipment and struggled to pay for it. I started out of the trunk of my car. Now I'm towing a full trailer with my car. Since I'm not in debt I'll be around next seaon.
  4. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
    from -
    Messages: 4,040

    Hi ramossjr,

    Do the best you can with what you have and always strive to improve. Tomorrow may never come.
  5. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    Meathead is right on the ball,Sounds like how most of the guys started. "You can't build a house without laying down the foundation first".
  6. MJD75

    MJD75 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    Don't listen to the guys who say you need a commercial mower and equipment to start with, it's BS. If it has a blade and cuts decent it will get you off the ground. I am in my 3rd year trying to slowly upgrade to commercial, in the mean time I'm using good residential equipment, making great money and building a great solid business.
  7. new2thebiz

    new2thebiz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    I have to agree with MJD75. I just got started this year and have been using a 950.00 42" lawn tractor for the big ones, and a cheap 169.00 21" for the small ones. I take the time to do it right and make them look as good as I can, and have gone from 2 lawns to 9 so far from referrals alone. No Advertising! Sure I'm slow and only make about 25.00 per hour now, but you can bet that as soon as I can afford to get a good commercial walkbehind, I'm already going to have a good enough customer base to be making 40.00 to 50.00 per hour and not be in debt from buying equipment I couldnt afford.
  8. meathead1134

    meathead1134 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    Hey we all got to start somewhere. I just bought a rototiller this past week and used it and made 50.00 for 50 minuntes worth of work. I thinking about adding powerwashing to my arsenal next year not quite sure yet still thinking about it. I started in May (which was to late) I really enjoy being my own boss
  9. LCME

    LCME LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    I started in July. Bought a used TT HP 48. My family and friends have supported me with equipment. Trimmer, blower, trailer, 21 mower, etc. I owe everyone big time. I am and will give back 2x to my family and friends. Start out slow to grow. Too fast and you don't last. Good luck.
  10. soccer911

    soccer911 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    I started with a murray 22" mulching mower $119.00 @ wal mart
    Saved up and got a 21" 6.5hp cub cadet mower $448.00 @ lowes
    And now I buying a 36" w/b Toro this week $2200.00 paid cash
    for each one. Their are plenty of yards no need to get in debt.

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